Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery to improve body shape. It helps body appearance by suctioning excess fat from localized areas. Each individual has different fat accumulations based on sex, race, age, and heredity. The amount of fat removed is determined by patient’s wishes, my recommendations, and limited by medical safety. Small tubes called cannulae are placed under the skin after a solution to stop bleeding and give anesthesia is injected. fat is suctioned through these tubes. A binder or garment is sometimes necessary for a few days after surgery to compress skin. Surgeries are performed as outpatient and take between 1-3 hours. Recovery is usually quick with patients resuming work in 2-5 days.
Liposuction of the back, chest, upper and lower abdomen are performed under general anesthesia. Liposuction of the neck, inner or outer thighs, hips and arms may be performed in our office under local anesthetic.
Suctioning fat from under skin has limitations due to skin texture, thickness, and its ability to retract. Once fat is removed skin needs to drape over newly contoured areas. If skin does not have enough elasticity this may cause its loosening in that area. This requires correction by a surgery to excise skin. Liposuction machines such as Vaser, Smart lipo and lasers are not proven to cause more skin retraction but do cause more skin scarring. Patients who do not have suitable skin to make them candidates for liposuction can be helped by procedures such as abdominoplasty, thigh lift, arm lift, and buttock lift.